The dance of the sun and earth has inspired celebrations of the human spirit, expressed through art and music, throughout the ages. Honouring many cultural traditions, the Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival illuminates the longest night of the year with the singing drumming, music and dancing of peoples from around the world! Activities take place all over Granville Island; for more information visit www.secretlantern.org.
Lantern Artist at Work
December 20 and 21
12pm – 6pm
Drop in to say hello and even lend a hand as Secret Lantern Society artist Yoko Tomita creates a large sun lantern to lead the procession.
Free Lantern Workshop
12pm – 6pm
Come make a simple jar lantern to carry right away in the 25th Annual Winter Solstice Lantern Festival!
6pm: bring your jar lantern and gather in Triangle Square to dance with the Carnival Band before the procession
6:25pm: Triangle Square - Procession leaves and goes to the Waterpark
6:40: Waterpark – Morris Men sing traditional Song of Welcome
7pm – 10pm: Performance Works – Labyrinth of Light (tickets available at www.secretlantern.org.
7pm – 10pm: Free performances and Community Dance
9:30pm: Ron Basford Park – Fire Finale – music and fire performance to end the night